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Reception – Hedgehog

Welcome to Reception, where we have two classes of 30 children.

The unit is split into different areas to allow the children to participate in a wide range of activities across the seven areas of learning.

The children have opportunities to learn both in the classroom and outside in our well equipped Foundation Stage garden.

In Numeracy we cover counting and comparing numbers, learning names and properties of 2d and 3d shapes, money, position and direction, days of the week, weight and capacity.

We follow the letters and sounds approach for phonics and use Oxford Reading Tree Scheme for Reading.

Music – We sing Nursery Rhymes and investigate rhythmic patterns and moving to a steady beat.

Art – Our art work will involve activities which encourage the children to explore texture and pattern.

Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you would like more information about the curriculum.

We welcome and appreciate parents help in reception. All helpers must have a background check.

  • Home Sweet Home

    This week we have been learning about different types of homes.  We read and discussed the book ‘This is Our House’.  We drew pictures of homes and made paper bag houses.  We also used our phonics knowledge to add labels to our work.

  • Maths Learning through Play

    We have been consolidating our subitising skills by playing lots of fun games.  Perhaps you would like to try some at home.  Here are some suggestions. Enjoy!

    Make a domino snake or a domino square


    How quickly can you show that all the dice have the same amount?  Keep rolling the dice until you do!


  • Stickman

    I’m not a stick, I’m a ……………………

    We have really enjoyed our focus book this week “Stickman”. We sequenced the pictures from the story, drew and labelled characters and used natural materials to create our own version of “Stickman”.

    As an extra home challenge this week, see if you can think of your own imaginative ideas and turn your stick into different objects e.g. a fishing rod.

  • Phonemes

    Another week goes by!  This week we have focused on:

    • Subitising in Maths. Subitising is the ability to recognise small numbers without counting them e.g. on a dice, playing cards, dominoes.  We will be moving on to use Numicon next week.  To further support your child’s learning, we recommend the website: Subitising
    • Learning the phonemes: g, o, c, k. Listening hard for the sounds in words and blending and segmenting to read a word. The sounds taught so far are:

    • In Literacy we have been working on using our phonic knowledge to write labels for different parts of the body e.g. l/i/p, n/e/ck, l/e/g
    • In gymnastics, the children have been working on their balancing skills. Please note in Hedgehog Class children we will now have gymnastics on a Monday afternoon and PE on a Friday morning.

    Alongside their everyday belongings, here is a weekly summary:






    PE kit: Gymnastics

    Maroon Book Bag


    Maroon Book Bag

    Blue Library Bag

    Maroon Book Bag

    Maroon Book Bag

    Maroon Book Bag

    PE kit

    Reading books changed


  • Busy week

    We have had another busy week in Hedgehog class and the children have been working really hard. Our activities have included:

    • Taking part in our first group reading sessions where we have been identifying the parts of a book and applying our phonic knowledge. Please ensure that your child has their reading bag (maroon) at school every day.
    • Learning the phonemes: i, n, m, d and listening hard for the initial sounds in words as well as blending and segmenting to read a word. The sounds taught so far are:

    • Talking about shape and exploring shape themed activities.
    • Getting changed for PE and having our first PE session in the hall where we focused on finding a space and travelling in a space. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school every day.
  • Welcome back!

    This week we have been getting to know our routines, exploring our indoor and outdoor classroom and meeting new friends.  The activities we have been doing include:

    • Sharing our focused book ‘The Color Monster’ and learning to talk about our feelings
    • Creating ‘Todd Parr’ inspired pictures
    • Developing our fine motor skills during ‘Busy Fingers’
    • Learning the initial sounds: s, a, t, p. Listening hard for the initial sounds in words as well as blending and segmenting to read a word
    • Talking about numbers, ordering numbers and going on a ‘number hunt’ in the outside classroom